Proposing to Preston is the second of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.
(Except Brooks… he’s probably sailing around the world with Skye by now. And Christopher, who’s only on the look-out for a congressional seat and absolutely. nothing. else.)
Preston Winslow has a heart as open as the sky and room in his life for someone special. When he falls in love with Broadway actress, Elise Klassan, he holds nothing back.
Elise, who has made tremendous sacrifices to forward her career, is swept off her feet by handsome, charming Preston…but the stage has been her first love for so many years, she doesn’t know if there’s room for Preston in her life. When the day comes that she must choose between her ambition and her heart, she profoundly hurts the one man who could have made her happy.
Two years later, Elise has become a world-famous actress and Preston is a very successful lawyer. But fame has not equaled happiness for Elise, and Preston is much too bitter and cynical to ever consider falling in love again.
Is it possible that the only person who can mend Preston’s heart is the one who originally broke it? Only if Elise can figure out a way to make him believe in love all over again.
4.5 stars — THIS!!! After being a bit bummed about not enjoying the Modern Fairytale books I’ve attempted by Ms. Regnery, I decided to go back to the series where I fell in love with her and read my box set of the Winslow Brothers from her Blueberry Lane series. I’d already read the first book a while ago, but I reread it first (and was reminded of my love), and then I started on this one and was just utterly captivated…much like Preston was with Elise. There’s just some magic there, you know? I felt all these feelings of attraction at first sight, and just how bewildered Preston was when presented with those immediate feelings.
And OMG, these two were so adorable together!! There was just so much chemistry!! And it was sweet, and I appreciated the backstory that came with Elise and how her upbringing shaped her. So her reactions often felt very authentic, and I could just imagine how overwhelmed she was when faced with so many of her dreams coming true, but also with the exhaustion of all the work that went into making her Broadway dream come alive…and how conflicted she was with how she felt about this new love of hers.
And Preston was just so unbelievably sweet, and he tried so hard. He was so patient, it was just…GAH! I really loved him. But I’d seen glimpses of him in Bidding on Brooks, and I knew that something happened to take him from this sweet endearing boy, to a jaded cynical man (even though it was only 2 years), and so I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop, you know? Like I couldn’t fully relax, wondering what was going to happen. And I just kept thinking, OK I’ll read until the end of Part One and then go to sleep, and read the second half in the morning. And then HOO BOY, we got there, and I just had to read a bit more, until my eyes wouldn’t cooperate.
I LOVED the way that all played out. Even though it was heartbreaking, it honestly fit with who they each were, and I could just see them both making those horrible mistakes and reacting badly, b/c in so many ways they were just so young. Not in age, but in experience. I really appreciated that. I really appreciated that while I wanted to smack them both, I could accept the way it played out.
And Part Two really compelled me right away too. My heart was sooooo broken for Preston, I could just feel how broken he was. And Elise too. To realize what you’ve done, and not understand how to fix it. And I was a bit concerned when Elise seemed to be the only one who had thought of the mistakes she’d made, but thankfully Preston didn’t let me down…though I wish he’d expressed to Elise what mistakes he made as well, so she wouldn’t feel the burden of all the blame. But at the same time, their reconciliation was very satisfying and I enjoyed the way they worked things out every step of the way. And I liked the development with her family as well, even if that all made me cry.
All in all this book was super satisfying for me. Both characters were very sweet and earnest, but also very flawed, and so it was so rewarding to see them grow and eventually grow together. I will say, the epilogue was NOT satisfying for me. It’s just not my style, and it didn’t give me enough of them, which is what I loved.